Saturday, May 30, 2009

Operation Sauce Drop Update: Sad News

Operation Sauce Drop is a nonprofit program run by the Carolina Sauce Company to send free hot sauce and BBQ sauce to US troops serving abroad. Operation Sauce Drop is funded by donations, which the Carolina Sauce Company matches, and also through the sale of select products available at the Carolina Sauce Company online store. To date, Operation Sauce Drop has shipped free gift boxes of sauce to 544 troops serving overseas. The troops greatly appreciate the free sauce, as is clearly evident from their photos and thank-you notes to our donors. Unfortunately, requests for free gift boxes have far exceeded donations, resulting in a waiting list with over 300 troops, some dating back to last November.

Despite the economic downturn, the Carolina Sauce Company continues to match 100% of all donations received, and to pay for all incidental expenses associated with Operation Sauce Drop, and to donate the labor involved. We wish we could simply go ahead and pay for all the requested gift boxes ourselves without having to solicit donations, but we'd go bankrupt. We thought we'd be able to keep up with gift box requests, but unfortunately folks simply haven't been donating as much these days, plus other folks have been signing up dozens of troops thinking that they're doing a good deed but not realizing that donations are needed to pay for the gift boxes and the shipping.

Because our waiting list continues to grow faster than donations come in, we have decided to stop accepting requests for free gift boxes until we can fulfill the outstanding gift box requests on our waiting list. Despite these tough economic times, the Carolina Sauce Company will continue to match 100% of all donations received, to pay for all incidental expenses, and to donate the labor involved. It's the least we can do to show our appreciation to our troops for their service and their sacrifice.

Want to help send a free gift box of sauce to one of our brave troops serving abroad? Then please donate to Operation Sauce Drop. The average cost to purchase and ship a gift box is around $20, so a donation of merely $10 will send 1 gift box (remember, we match your donation so your $10 turns into $20). No amount is too small, so if you can only spare $5 that will get us half-way to a gift box. You can also shop to support Operation Sauce Drop, where 100% of the purchase price of the products goes straight into Operation Sauce Drop (we don't make a penny from the sale, not even our wholesale product cost). Thank you in advance for supporting our troops!

Zestfully yours,

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